As if the Jan. 12 earthquake weren't devastating enough, Haiti now faces the rainy season, which usually begins in late spring. After heavy rains overnight Wednesday and Thursday, a girl jumps across a flooded field containing the sewage runoff from the Mais Gate tent city near the airport in Port-au-Prince.
Margarette Brutus, 50, tries to clean a bedsheet soiled by the muddy waters that flooded her tent after heavy rains. Since the earthquake, her family has been divided, as she found more stable housing for her older children in different camps.
Families collect their belongings and begin moving out of their camp, flooded with waters containing sewage runoff. Aid organizations and government officials are scrambling to avoid a catastrophe when the rainy season intensifies.
A young boy plays in contaminated water outside a flooded tent in the Mais Gate tent city after heavy rains flooded the area in the middle of the night on Thursday. Quake survivors tried to stay dry and dig tents out of the mud, but they are already having to relocate to new camps.
A Haitian man attempts to dig a trench in the mud to alleviate the flood damage. As the heavy rains begin, the question is no longer simply how to find housing for Haitians, but also how to keep them dry.
In a futile effort, Alex Mertulus scoops water with a small bucket at the entrance of his tent. His mother, Margarette, lost her husband and home in the earthquake. This is the second time she and Alex have had to move among Haiti's tent camps because of flooding.